Smart building for smart students
The University of Melbourne is a highly regarded tertiary education provider, offering a range of courses from Undergraduate to Postgraduate qualifications. They have long been at the forefront of providing educational excellence, and this commitment extends to their student accommodation.
NDY was tasked with designing a range of engineering solutions that enhanced the amenity for students, while taking into account key sustainability and environmental requirements. The new student residential building, also known as “The Village”, provides students with accommodation that supports their studies, while allowing them to enjoy university life.
The University of Melbourne places a strong emphasis on preparing for the future, and the student accommodation was no exception. Sustainability was a strong requirement for the design.
There were several innovative approaches that improved the sustainability rating of the building, including photovoltaic panels on roof that offset the need for mains power in the building. Other features include rainwater collection to supplement the water supply for the pool and irrigation needs of the building, providing bicycle parking in lieu of car spaces, and an innovative solar chimney.
The solar chimney incorporates a metal chimney on the roof, which is exposed to the sun. As it warms, an updraft pulls air through the ventilation ducting, providing a very energy efficient air circulation solution.